An online talk with artist Suhail Shaikh

Self-taught artist Suhail recounts what brought him to express his imagination in paper and how his passion for aviation leads him to build planes that tell stories. He explains how he researched and built the Sefton Spitfire AB273 currently on display in the Courage & Devotion exhibition.

Suhail Shaikh is a self-taught paper artist. As a little boy in India, his grandmother helped him make his own toys from scratch. Paper and cardboard recovered from discarded packaging was easy, fun and quick to manipulate. From making his own toys, he moved on to making detailed model airplanes.

As an aviation artist who has also had a 20-year career as a professional designer, Suhail is passionate about aviation and has a soft-spot for British aviation achievements. He is fascinated by the stories that form the backdrop to historical aircraft and is an admirer of the design philosophy of the time. Looking beyond the destructive purpose of military aircraft, his creations celebrate the original designers’ instinctive grasp of flight and their pure technical genius.

These online talks are free, however booking is required before 11am on the morning of the talk. The talks will be presented using Zoom. You will receive an email invitation to join a Zoom meeting just after 11am on the morning of the talk.

Donations to The Atkinson Development Trust are welcomed and can be made when you book your ticket.

A recording of the talk will be available to watch online one week after the first presentation.


Joining a Zoom meeting is quick and easy!

You will receive an email invitation to join a Zoom meeting. Open your email invitation and click the ‘join Zoom meeting’ link. You will then be prompted to either ‘download & run Zoom’ or ‘launch from your browser’. If the host has not yet started the meeting, a message will appear and you will be ‘let in’ when the host starts the meeting. If the host has already started the meeting you will automatically join the group. You are not required to have/turn on your own video and audio, unless you wish to do so. The Atkinson is unable to offer technical support to participants.